Today’s cyber attacks are more stealthy and malicious than ever before and are programmed to remain unnoticed for as long as possible until an opportune time in the future to inflict damage. Although signs of the intrusion likely exist, many of today’s sophisticated data breaches are undiscovered for months.
Sixty-one percent of companies that experienced a data breach were notified by a third party that it had occurred, according to a recent U.S. Secret Service data breach report. In addition, 86 percent of data breach victims had evidence of the breach on their network before it was detected by them or a third party.
Many computer security breaches occur today because of the time lag between discovery of a vulnerability and installation of security patches. Simply stated: traditional anti-virus/anti-malware vendors continue to lag behind online criminals when it comes to detecting and protecting against new and quickly evolving Internet threats. Add this time lag to the patching schedules of diligent IT administrators, you have approximately a three month vulnerability window through which malware can be injected into the network. However, the vulnerability window is extended many more months and sometimes years when systems remain unpatched. The data extracted from conducting hundreds of network vulnerability assessments on networks shows that the number one vulnerability found is unpatched systems.
To respond to this growing threat Sword & Shield adds Data Breach Threat Analysis (DBTA) to our traditional Network Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (NVA/PT) to assess the 86 percent of data breach victims who do not know they have been breached. DBTA proactively identifies:
By leveraging our extensive Incident Response experience and methodology the Data Breach Threat Analysis methodology takes a “snapshot in time” to:
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Sword & Shield provides a wide variety of security assessment related services for our clients. The following list provides an overview of some of the most common services we perform. For more details about these services or other services we perform, contact us today.
Our engineers are experienced in auditing Oracle, Microsoft SQL, Notes, and several other database management system products. Among other things, Sword & Shield security engineers analyze authentication and authorization controls in the database system for least-privilege access controls and audit traceability. Emphasis is placed on matching the degree of security with the business and operational needs.
A Sword & Shield Firewall/Router Audit thoroughly evaluates the rule base for known security risks and policy violations. As a first line of defense against attacks, firewalls and routers must be implemented and maintained properly. Our Firewall/Router Audit provides a detailed analysis that reduces risks and increases perimeter security.
Our Mobile Application Assessment, when combined with our Web Application Assessment, provides a comprehensive assessment of the security of the web application and the mobile devices used to interact with the application. The service analyzes the network transmissions and forensically analyzes the mobile device(s) used.
Sword & Shield performs a sweep of the telephone address space to detect unauthorized modems and authorized but insecure modems. We can perform a phone sweep as a stand-alone service, or as part of another service, such as an external network vulnerability/penetration test.
The Architecture Review and Design process is coordinated through a client project manager and includes a set of structured interviews. These interviews and reviews focus on business areas supported by the network and the technology staff that supports the business units.
this service provides the customer with the analysis necessary to protect all facets of a virtualized infrastructure. Included are areas related to access control, the application of least privilege, data protection, secure network configuration, disaster recovery planning and testing, and threat analysis. The goal of the assessment is to identify security gaps and develop remediation strategies.
The VPN Audit service audits your VPN and your VPN policies and recommends techniques to optimize and enhance your VPN’s effectiveness. We identify potential security vulnerabilities and help you reduce your risks.
Web application security encompasses measures taken throughout the application’s life cycle to prevent exceptions in the security policy of an application or the underlying system vulnerabilities through flaws in the design, development, deployment, upgrade, or maintenance of the application.
Sword & Shield Wireless Testing examines the subsystems, components and security mechanisms of a wireless network and identifies any weaknesses.